For the last two years, the Holiday Cocktail Lounge, hailed by some to be New York’s grimiest, sloppiest and most dastardly dive bar — i.e. New York’s best dive bar — has soldiered forward with its captain, Stefan Lutek, gone. He died at the age of 89 after decades of tending bar at the joint, Read More
Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a mandatory evacuation of Zone A, the places close enough to the river to potentially experience massive flooding when the hurricane hits. Among the stricken land is the stretch of the west side from Houston Street up to Chelsea. There are a lot of bars there! But, with the Read More
Stuck behind the velvet rope? The Times styles today offers a handy guide on what threads get you past the bouncers and inside to the sweaty free-spending masses who are just the coolest, because they got in. Last week, the Gray Lady’s fashion-centric section informed us that girls these days are Read More
A few weeks ago, The Observer spent a hell of a long time in Mars Bar, the storied punk-themed dive on Second Avenue, expecting it to close any day. Then, we got word of a grace period that could last up to six weeks. They wouldn’t go out without a fight. Old habits die Read More
Lower East Side
Today, Academy Awards co-host James Franco broke his silence on one of the most sought-after pieces of information this Oscar season, a bit of gossip that eludes the ears of even the most well-connected of industry vets: where’s the after party going to be?
Now we have a lead. People has some Franco-given Read More
The Art Scene
Max Fish was not supposed to make it into February. The much-loved Lower East Side bar — known for its patronage by everyone from Johnny Depp and Courtney Love to the downtown crowd of junkies, artists and junky-artists — lost a battle with skyrocketing rent and announced that it would vacate the space on Ludlow Read More
Lower East Side
There is a long and honorable tradition of eateries and watering holes where artists can settle their checks with their work. And there is about to be another. Francesca Gavin, art curator for the London-based Soho House brand of private clubs, is heading here to amass a collection for the New York branch, bar tabs Read More
Goodbye to all that
Since December, walking out of Max Fish — the classic Lower East Side haunt that’s kept artists, rock stars, and downtown lushes wasted since the nineties — meant possibly never walking back in again. Word got out that the property taxes and sky-high Ludlow Street rents were forcing Max Fish out of its location. Read More
Late Singer-Songwriter Elliott Smith walked into Max Fish for the first time in May 1997. The bar then was about eight years old, and it had already begun to foster a relationship with the artists and musicians of the Lower East Side — Max Fish is on Ludlow Street, right above Stanton, and perennially flanked Read More
Mars Bar is a loud, dirty, graffitti-washed crumbling cement block of a spot where denizens guzzle whiskey, packed in like sardines.
It’s also is a bit of a sore thumb on Second Avenue. Mars Bar is garish and gross; it’s on an street that’s so clean you could have a blanket-less picnic with your tofu Read More